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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

There is no better way to see Istanbul than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Istanbul attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as Topkapi Palace, Taksim Square, Bosphorus Bridge, the Golden Horn and much more. The buses are open top, allowing for 360-degree panoramic views as you travel along your route. Hop on and off as many times as you like on your choice of two routes. Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours; simply select an option to suit your schedule.


  • Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Istanbul
  • Create your own personalized sightseeing itinerary and explore Istanbul at leisure
  • See Dolmabahçe Palace, Sultanahmet Square, Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus Bridge and Taksim Square
  • Hop on and off as often as you like on a choice of two routes around the city
  • Enjoy informative and entertaining commentary on board the bus
  • Choose from a 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off tour ticket

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What You Can Expect

Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the sights of Istanbul on a hop-on hop-off tour of the city!

Straddling the Asian and European continents, Istanbul has an abundance of cultural appeal with history, cuisine and architecture influenced by both the east and west. Both the Byzantines and the Ottomans left their mark on the city once known as Constantinople, and architectural legacies of the past are scattered around town. From the mysterious mosques of Sultanahmet to the modern day-to-day buzz of Taksim Square and Galata Bridge, Istanbul has something to wow even the most seasoned of visitors.

Aboard a comfortable, open-top, double-decker bus, admire top city attractions such as Hagia Sophia — the UNESCO-listed museum that once served as a church and then a mosque — and Bosphorus Bridge, an icon of modern-day Istanbul. Pass the fascinating miniature town of Miniaturk and perhaps hop off at Dolmabahçe Palace to discover one of the world’s grandest palaces.

Select a 24- or 48-hour sightseeing ticket for use on two routes, as described below.

Red Route (2-hour full-loop duration, comprising 11 stops):
  • Topkapi Palace
  • New Mosque (Yeni Camii)
  • Istanbul Modern (Tophane district)
  • Port of Istanbul
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Bosphorus Bridge
  • W Hotel (Akaretler shopping district)
  • Taksim Square
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Egyptian Bazaar (spice bazaar)
  • Sultanahmet Square
Blue Route (1.25-hour full-loop duration, comprising 7 stops):
  • Sultanahmet Square
  • New Mosque
  • Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate (near St Stephen’s Church and the Golden Horn)
  • Eyüp cable car to Pierre Loti Café
  • Miniaturk
  • Rahmi M Koç Industrial Museum
  • Egyptian Bazaar (spice bazaar)
Click on the ‘View Additional Info’ button below to see a map of the route.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was fantastic as it allowed us to get our bearings and the lay out of the city. A MUST DO...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Had a fantastic time was on my own and had a blast and felt really safe lots of lovely people.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fabulous excursion with the added bonus of crossing a bridge into Asia Minor! Loved Istanbul!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Convenient way to get a quick tour of the city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Most of the interesting stuff to see is on the Red Line. It is a great way to get around in the city. The earlier you start, the better it is. Remember that in the evening after 3.30 pm when the traffic starts it could take you hours to finish the loop. Nothing you can you are just stuck in traffic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Always our first choice when travelling. The Big Bus ride around the City gives you a good 'lay of the land' and you get a good sense of the layout and what areas appeal to you. We did the 2 day pass and took advantage of it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I have had tours of the city before but doing it this way was definitely the best and far more informative about Istanbul, forget the private tours and use this hop on hop off bus. Only way to get to all the attractions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is by far the best way to see the city. It takes in all the main sites, the buses are clean and frequent, and the commentary is extremely informative. The Red Route is outstanding, the Blue less so. Really enjoyed it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was an excellent way to see Istanbul. We also took a tour of istanbut from our cruise ship the following week and did not see any more and we were rushed then we saw with the big bus tour. this is an economical and leasurly way to see the whole city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is a really great way to get round Istanbul. We enjoyed our tours on the blue and red routes.

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